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Merle Warner is retiring after working over 38 years with the US Postal Service as a Rural Carrier. Warner delivered Route 1 which includes addresses south and west of Waterville as well as all rural Elysian addresses. He was recently presented with a Million Mile Club plaque. The Postal Service...

Tom Kohout, left, and Donnie Revord won the 44th annual Norm Sladek Memorial Euchre Tournament. They beat out the team of Rita Dirks and Katie Skluzacek. ( Submitted photo)

The 44th annual Norm Sladek Memorial Euchre Tournament drew 84 people. Held at the Knights of Columbus Hall in New Prague on Saturday, Feb. 22, winners this year were Tom Kohout and Donnie Revord. The two edged out the team of Rita Dirks and Katie Skluzacek. Winning the Trouba Award were Matt Novak...

Franny Tuma shows off a bedspread, made by her mom, and tablecloth, made by her aunt, during World War II. The two articles were included in the silent auction at MusicFest III. (Submitted photo)

A beautiful winter day helped lead to a great turnout for MusicFest III at the Park Ballroom in New Prague on Saturday, Feb. 22. Lots of sun and temperatures in the low 40s likely helped the fundraiser for the New Prague Veterans Memorial as 550-600 attended the dance and silent auction. The...

Taya Hopke, left, and volunteer Mel Ferguson work on putting together her duck box on Sunday, Feb. 23, at the 21st annual Wood Duck Box Building Day in New Prague. At the tables behind Taya are her sister Vivia and brother Brexten, who are the children of Jon and Teresa Hopke of New Prague. (Patrick Fisher photo)

Sunday, Feb. 23, was a busy day for the 21st annual Wood Duck Box Building Day as a multitude of families stopped by the Knights of Columbus Hall in New Prague to make duck houses. “We think we’ll be out of houses before it’s over,” said Andrew Harms, the new chapter president of the Scott-Le Sueur...

Siblings, from left, Jack, Jillian and Caroline Pierce were among those at the Soup Supper at St. Wenceslaus Catholic Church on Monday, Feb. 17. There were 390 to 400 people that attended the 26th annual supper. (Patrick Fisher photo)

Between 390 to 400 people showed up to savor the offerings at the 26th annual Soup Supper. Held in the basement of St. Wenceslaus Catholic Church on Monday, Feb. 17, the free will event served up three flavorful soups. The all you can eat supper had choices of chili, vegetable beef barley and...
A new proposal that would solve many of the city’s aging building problems was presented at a city council meeting on Tuesday, Feb. 18. Resident Bill Marek introduced his plan after he recently toured city buildings with Mayor Tom Eisert and City Administrator Brian Heck. Marek determined of all...
The Hwy 21 bridge replacement project in Jordan begins in two weeks and will continue through November to replace two bridges and to build a trail for pedestrians and bicyclists. Beginning Mon, March 9, construction crews will close Hwy 21 between Mill St. and south of the Sand Creek bridge to:...

Andrew Trnka crowns Montgomery’s Preston Anderson the 2020-2021 Masopust King on Sunday, Feb. 23 at the American Legion Club #79. (Wade Young Photo)

From Epiphany until Ash Wednesday, the people in the Czech Republic celebrate a season of merrymaking and masquerading called Masopust, which literally means "good-bye to meat.” Montgomery’s version was celebrated on Sunday to a full house at the American Legion Post #79. This pre-Lenten...

Tim Neeser of Chart Industries with a few of his 25 patents from working at the New Prague based company. Neeser was honored on Thursday, Feb. 6, at The Depot in New Prague as part of his retirement from the company that he began with as an intern in 1980. (Patrick Fisher photo)

Tim Neeser has been with Chart Industries for nearly 40 years. He began as an intern in 1980 when the New Prague based company was MVE (Minnesota Valley Engineering). He was hired full time as a product engineer for packaged gases fresh out of college in 1982. He retired on Friday, Feb. 14. He said...
The Le Sueur/Rice County Drug Task Force was very busy in 2019. Le Sueur County Chief Deputy Nick Greenig presented information about the work completed by the drug task force within the county during the Elysian City Council meeting Feb. 11. Last year there were 64 cases opened, 55 search warrants...

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